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Military Intelligence Counteracts Russian Propaganda and Brings Truth to Foreigners - Zelenskyi

September 7, 2020 / News Agency "Ukrinform"

Military Intelligence Counteracts Russian Propaganda and Brings Truth to Foreigners - ZelenskyiThe Defence Intelligence of Ukraine has significantly strengthened human intelligence capabilities, enhanced information and analytical activities, as well as the potential of signal, air and space intelligence. President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said this at the celebrations on the occasion of the Day of Military Intelligence of Ukraine.

According to the President, the military intelligence, through its complex and painstaking daily work, reinforce Ukraine's national security system, its power and independence. And now it is at an important stage of development.

"Among other things, the efforts of our intelligence agencies helped Ukraine gain the status of a NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner," Volodymyr Zelenskyi said.

At the same time, the President stressed that the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine still has many tasks ahead. "The present and the future require new methods, forms and means of both armed struggle and intelligence," he said.

One of the key factors in success of intelligence, according to the President, is the formation of a strict personnel policy, because random people have no place here. Only rigorous selection of professional and patriotic personnel will ensure the success of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenskyi noted that the work of intelligence officers is an invisible intense intellectual duel, which always, especially in conditions of war, lasts around the clock and without days off "for the sake of peace, tranquility and stability of Ukraine".

"For the seventh year, we have been confronting an enemy whose actions are difficult to predict. That is why the information you have obtained is so important. Timely and, most importantly, reliable information. It determines not only the adoption of important political decisions, but also the viability of the entire state mechanism. Without you, our state, I say frankly, is blind, deaf and almost powerless," the Head of State noted.

The President stressed that the work of military intelligence creates a positive image of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, opposes Russian propaganda and tells the truth to the foreign diplomatic circles and the media about the events taking place in our country.

"By always going unnoticed, you demonstrate efficiency and effectiveness every moment. You identify potential challenges and threats to national interests and effectively counteract them on a daily basis," Volodymyr Zelenskyi said.

Congratulating the intelligence officers on their professional holiday, the Head of State thanked them for the work they do with honour for the sake of Ukraine.

"Only by joint efforts we will be able to stop the difficult and dreadful war for our country and ensure the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity. On this solemn day, I wish all personnel, military intelligence veterans and your families a good health, harmony, love, unshakable faith in our victory and a bright future for Ukraine," the President said.

During the visit to the military unit where intelligence officers are trained, the Head of State got himself acquainted with the conditions of training of the special forces unit, the training base of the military camp, samples of equipment, special equipment and technical means in the DIU's structural units.

He also presented state awards to the warriors.

In addition, the President together with Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and other participants of the event honoured the memory of warriors-intelligence officers who died defending sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

According to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, the military intelligence is the elite of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, because the success of a combat operation depends on their work.

"Since the beginning Russian aggression, the intelligence officers were among the first ones who defended the state, acted fearlessly in the enemy's rear, and eradicated the terrorists' intentions in time, and successfully thwarted their aggression plans. They proved that military intelligence is the elite of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The success of a combat operation and lives of hundreds and thousands of comrades and civilians depend on their success. Eternal memory to the intelligence officers who died defending the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine!", Denys Shmyhal emphasized.